Let me start this review by saying that this book came at exactly the time I needed it in my life, so it’s score of 5 of 5 stars is no surprise.
Mandy (the author) is a single young woman who stepped out in faith to minister to other single ladies by sharing her life story with the world. In a beautifully compelling, tear-jerking way, she shares her heart on falling in love with Jesus.
Through short essays, we learn about the struggle of letting go of loves past and looking forward to loves future. Mandy shares her greatest heartbreak, a man who begged the question: Was I your option while you were my choice?
And this is where it struck a chord in my own story. You’ve all heard by now that I was in an on again, off again, untitled relationship that recently came to a final end after several years. I’ve been dealing with a lot of confusion over the entirety of that relationship: Was I really in love (I was)? Did he love me (in his own way, I suppose he did)? Why didn’t he fight for me? Was I right to give up (I was, I firmly believe it)? Why did I let myself become so attached to such heartache?
As Mandy shared her story of healing, I found her words nourishing healing in my own heart and soul as well. The similarities in our struggles was almost scary at first, but as I let her speak to my heart, I felt the love of Jesus washing away every last ounce of hurt.
Just as her Mr. E came into her life to teach her total and consistent reliance on Christ, I believe the same of my own love story past.
This book has left me breathless, sobbing, challenged, inspired and feeling courageous. Vulnerable is a good thing. Heartbreak is a good thing. It all leads to total and consistent reliance on the Lord. And there is no one safer to rely on.
I plan to hold onto my copy for many years to come and mark it up with thoughts over the many rereads that will surely take place, especially when undergoing the painful growth of breakups.
I unabashedly campaigned on Facebook while reading and will do so here:
If you are a single young woman or the parent of a single young woman, or even if you just know a single young woman, this book is key. Purchase a copy for yourself and/or for them. I’m serious. I plan to buy copies for several of my friends.
As Augustus Waters once said, “It’s a beautiful life…”
Even in its uncertainty.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. I am so very glad I did. I can’t wait to get my hands on Mandy’s other books as I’m sure I’ll eagerly devour them as well.